Good Food Found Here

 

  • Not a restaurant, but a good read…Food Rules by Michael Pollan. Check it out.

 

  • Again, not a restaurant…but a wonderful show that inspires and awakens possibilities. The magic that results when food, wine and friends meet. “Moveable Feast” which shows on my local PBS station (KLRN/San Antonio) on Sunday afternoons never fails to uplift and move me. From those who raise our food to those who prepare the meal, this show is very special. Give it a look.
  • Sounding like a broken record when I say…not a restaurant but…. a wonderful movie! Saw “Chef” last night and I literally had a smile on my face through the entire film. Please go see this movie. Wonderful actors, great story…if you’ve lost your mojo and are looking for inspiration, then this movie may inspire some action! Big scene filmed in Austin too at “world famous” Franklin Barbeque and Guero’s on South Congress.

 

  • Ok, a restaurant I am happy to recommend………followed the film “Chef” with dinner at Rosario’s North. Many of you  are familiar with this San Antonio landmark. I have been dining there for over 14 years. Actually, Tom and I had the last meal they served in their old Southtown location  before they moved to their current building. In addition to an airport location, Rosario’s has just opened a new location on San Pedro. Huge space, colorful, upscale, hip and noisy. BUT, the food is still consistent, flavorful, hot and the packed dining room on a Monday evening showed they are still a favorite. I know how difficult it is to produce consistently good food day in and day out. A restaurant’s  reputation is built one plate at a time. And Rosario’s has been doing this at 2, now 3, locations for many years. I have never been disappointed. Hats off to owner Lisa Wong and her staff for many years of fine food. Muchisimas Gracias!  www.rosariossa.com
  • Since I mentioned their panna cotta, let me highly recommend Dough Pizzeria in San Antonio. I have been a regular since I read about them many years ago in Texas Monthly. They have expanded, added a second oven and I hear there is even more to come. My first impression of the place was that it was “so pure.” So many restaurants try to be too much. They try to offer something for everyone and as a consequence, nothing is really special. Dough Pizzeria is special. Certified “Neapolitan” pizza is served along with a great Italian wine list, lovely salads, housemade cheeses and very good desserts. It is always busy. So be patient, enjoy a glass of wine or two and check out Dough.   www.doughpizzeria.com
  • Here’s a good Saturday recommendation now that the weather is friendlier. Take in the farmer’s market at The Pearl in downtown San Antonio. (The Pearl is a gem of urban renewal.) When the market is open, streets are blocked off for easy meandering through the booths and canine friends are abundant. After you’ve purchased a few homegrown goodies, take in lunch at Arcade Midtown Kitchen. Have been here many times and feel like I should give this one a thumbs up. Dinner, brunch and lunch have all been well prepared, creative, and flavor packed. The menu is a perfect size.  Service has been consistent and the bar serves up some fine concoctions. They accept reservations and are suggested on those Saturdays when the farmer’s market is there.  They have a nice patio and it is dog friendly too. www.arcademk.com
  • Delicious and close to my house…Silo Oyster Bar/Dominion...gets thumbs up from every diner at my table. Competent execution from the kitchen, attentive service, chic surroundings and spot on food. Pricey it is, but both visits were a real treat. Delicious starter of fried green tomatoes (super crispy) over dressed arugula and topped with a delicious crab salad. GREAT. Miso glazed salmon over wasabi mashers with grilled baby bok choy. Perfectly cooked, miso had a light touch, taters were creamy with just a spike of wasabi and bok choy was a touch sweet from the grill…all served without pretense on a very warm plate. Servers handled the crowded restaurant with ease. Downside was the dessert. A minor inconvenience in light of everything else. They have a nice balcony, many oysters on the half shell and a tasty selection of small plates for sharing. Check it out.
  • Favorite sushi? Sushihana on Northwest Military in San Antonio. Hands down, my favorite. Try the diablo or dynamite roll. The spice is fresh and hot. Great tempura too – light and crispy. Good service, friendly hosts, and always busy.
  • Check out Feast in King William. I have been there on several occasions and I have always had a great time. The concept is fresh, current and adventurous. Small plates from categories such as “grilled”, “chilled”, “oceanic” and ” heat” are sure to engage your taste buds. A full bar – with clever concoctions – and a great outdoor dining area add to the appeal of this restaurant. Waiters are helpful and knowledgable about the menu and are eager to explain some of their more interesting combinations. With warm weather here, make their patio a dining destination. Linger while you enjoy the lovely King William neighborhood and the clever, tasty food from this thoughtful kitchen. Style without pretense.

 

  • Hopdoddy Burger Bar at The Rim shopping area is the bomb. LOVE this place. Austin import to a big box shopping center in San Antonio. Beef ground in house, buns made in house, organic produce, ice cream made in house…what’s not to love? Great burger combinations – I love the Llano Poblano – and go ahead and order a large order of fries. Don’t forget the homemade pickles. YUM. Try the Doble Fina Margarita. They are very busy. Try an off time if you don’t want to wait. Or, go straight to the bar. Full service is available there. Great vibe, great food, good pricing. This place is a HIT!!!!

 

 

 

2 comments

  1. Just had lunch on your new porch. The soup could be named More-rockin’ Chicken soup, it was outstanding, you amaze with our additions to simple cooking. Thanks for lunch

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